Will Red Sox Pursue Masahiro Tanaka?

December 27, 2013 1:58 PM
Will Red Sox Pursue Masahiro Tanaka?
" BOSTON (CBS) — In case you missed the news that broke during Christmas week, the Rakuten Golden Eagles changed course and announced that right-handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be posted, thereby allowing all 30 MLB teams to make a bid for his services.

Will the Red Sox be one of them?

At this point, it’s hard to tell. With six viable starters already on the roster, and with at least two more ready to fill any spots should they open up, the Red Sox head into 2014 in a comfortable position regarding starting pitching. Then again, Jon Lester’s contract expires after the 2014 season, John Lackey is getting older and his deal ends after 2015, Clay Buchholz still hasn’t proven he can stay healthy enough to pitch 200 innings per year, Felix Doubront is far from a sure thing, and as the old adage goes, a team can never have enough pitching.

Still, the Red Sox certainly aren’t in a position of desperate need for starting pitching, and the same can’t be said about the Yankees. And when the Yankees desperately need to fill a spot, it’s hard for any team to outbid them "

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